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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Encourage The DCCC To Have Principles — And Enforce Them

It's a sad day when even Democrats can't stand up for fairness and equality.

I urge you to read the entire piece from PageOneQ below and, if it bothers you, too, to write a letter to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee such as the one I sent today (posted below article).


From PageOneQ:

In Response To Inquiry, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Yanks Job Policy From Web Site

Washington, DC — Less than twenty-four hours after an inquiry by PageOneQ about the lack of sexual orientation in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's (DCCC) non-discrimination hiring policy, the organization removed all job listings and the policy from its website.

PageOneQ, via an on-line messaging service, received a tip from a political activist who was considering applying for a job at the organization. The activist, who asked not to be identified by name because of his intent to apply for a job, shared the information with PageOneQ Monday afternoon.

Bill Burton, a spokesman for the DCCC said that the policy included sexual orientation and that its absence on the website was an error. A return visit to the website revealed that the policy had not been corrected, but completely removed.

…Asked why the policy was removed instead of corrected, Mr. Burton said that perhaps it was a coincidence that the site had been changed so close to the time of this reporter's inquiry, explaining that the web site is managed by a different department and that the change may have been unrelated. When asked to provide a document produced prior to yesterday afternoon that included what Mr. Burton maintained was the policy, he refused. “I’m not going to do that,” he said. [MORE] — Michael Rogers

My note to the DCCC, concise and to-the-point:

From: gaymafioso
Subject: Do You Discriminate, Or Don't You?
Date: April 19, 2006 2:00:52 PM CDT
To: dccc@dccc.org

I was disheartened today to read about emerging details about your non-discrimination policy. This policy should be a clear statement about your principles — not a cloudy passage you are wishy-washy about enforcing.


I expect your non-discrimination policy will again be posted on the "jobs" page of your web site soon — and will include "sexual orientation."


I will not take a stand for ANY candidates, anywhere, who don't take a stand for me.

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